It is with extreme sadness that we announce the passing of our dear Wally. Peacefully at home next to his loving wife, he passed on the morning of October 8th, 2021 on what would have been his late mother Kristine's birthday. Devoted husband, father, brother, uncle, and true friend, Wally leaves behind his high school sweetheart Daloris, with whom he had just celebrated 39 years of marriage, his daughter Kathleen and her partner Wes, his son Trevor and daughter-in-law Loni. Predeceased by his mother Kristine in 1995, and father-in-law Dave Carruthers. Survived by his father Walter, and mother-in-law Lorrice. Big brother to Janate and Danny, brother-in-law to Warren, Ken, and the late Eric. Uncle to Kasey and Katie, Jamey and Jason, Chris, Brendan, Ayden, Evelyn, Zackary, Hannah, and Michael.
Wally was the first son of immigrant parents from Czechoslovakia and Austria. He grew up in Oak Ridges in a house on Maple Grove Avenue, where he lived most of his life; growing up with his siblings and then eventually starting his own family and raising his children there as well. After graduating high school, he began working as a bricklayer, and stone mason. Wally was never afraid of hard work, and spent many long days laboring with his hands. Later on, he became a manager at Hy & Zels grocery store, and took great pride in his work. Eventually he became a private contractor, a true jack of all trades. You name it , Wally could and would get it done. He was a generous man, helping anyone in his community who had a need whether it was shovelling their driveway, fixing a leaky roof, or just offering companionship.
Wally attended King City Secondary School, where he met the love of his life. In the 39 years they were married, Wally and Daloris were dedicated partners and parents. They shared a passion for the outdoors, and bought a 100 acre parcel of land in Sprucedale that quickly became a family gathering place, known as The Boot Camp. Starting with the gazebo, Wally built a gatehouse, woodshed, and a beautiful home for he and Daloris to retire in. He spent his days maintaining his property, tending the garden, four wheeling on trails, cutting firewood, fishing, and spending time with his family. His legacy will live on at this place forever.
With love, respect, and gratitude to Clare, Wally's nurse angel.
In lieu of flowers donations in Wally's name can be made to the Canadian Cancer Society. Celebration of life to be held at a later date.
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